Xbox head on ‘Elder Scrolls VI’: “This deal was not done to take games away”

Xbox head on ‘Elder Scrolls VI’: “This deal was not done to take games away”

”We want more people to be able to play games, not fewer people to be able to go play games”

By Daniel Hollis
17th October 2020


Elder Scrolls VI. Credit: Bethesda

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has spoken further into what Microsoft acquiring Bethesda means for the upcoming Elder Scrolls VI.

After the recent groundbreaking announcement that Microsoft had purchased Zenimax Media – the parent company of Bethesda – many fans have been left wondering whether Elder Scrolls VI would be coming to systems outside of PC and the Xbox family consoles.

In an interview with Kotaku, Spencer was asked: “Is it possible to recoup a $7.5 billion investment if you don’t sell Elder Scrolls VI on the PlayStation?” To which he promptly replied with “yes”.

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Whilst the answer could mean that Elder Scrolls VI will not be venturing out of any Microsoft branded systems, Spencer did go on to elaborate and provide hope for other console owners.

“I don’t want to be flip about that,” Spencer added. “This deal was not done to take games away from another player base like that. Nowhere in the documentation that we put together was: ‘How do we keep other players from playing these games?’ We want more people to be able to play games, not fewer people to be able to go play games.”

Spencer’s comments could easily instil hope in gamers who have no intention of purchasing an Xbox console or playing on PC. However, he further elaborated, casting another cloud of doubt on the situation.

“But I’ll also say in the model – I’m just answering directly the question that you had – when I think about where people are going to be playing and the number of devices that we had, and we have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and our console base, I don’t have to go ship those games on any other platform other than the platforms that we support in order to kind of make the deal work for us. Whatever that means.”

Despite Spencer’s comments, there is still no concrete information that Elder Scrolls VI will be coming to other systems. It’s previously been confirmed that any upcoming PS5 exclusives from the company will be honoured, and Bethesda’s original founder, Christopher Weaver, believes that Microsoft will “let Bethesda be”.

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When the acquisition was announced, at the time Microsoft stated that all Bethesda games will come to PC and Xbox consoles as part of Game Pass, and other systems “on a case by case basis”.

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